DYWIDAG Strand Anchors stabilize Slopes along the new Estreito Câmara de Lobos Expressway on Madeira

The Via Rápida Estreito Câmara de Lobos/Câmara de Lobos is a new expressway west of Funchal, Madeira’s capital located on the southeastern coast of the island. The expressway is designed to improve the accessibility of several local towns as well as traffic conditions on the island as a whole.

The new route will link the village of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos with the existing VR1 expressway and will create a new road connection to the villages of Câmara de Lobos and Jardim da Serra. Work on the jobsite was halted in 2011 due to economic difficulties and is now being continued with funds from the European Union.

The approximately 2.5km long expressway includes the construction of a double tunnel, several viaducts, interchanges and road relocations. All of the new structures required the construction of 30 new geotechnical containment structures in total.

AFA – AFAVIAS, the subcontractor for the geotechnical work in this project, invited DSI Portugal to design, manufacture and supply permanent strand anchors that were needed for a slope stabilization. In total, DSI Construction Spain produced 178 permanent DYWIDAG Strand Anchors in its production plant in Madrid and delivered them to Lisbon, from where they were shipped to Madeira. The DYWIDAG Strand Anchors that were installed in the new retaining wall had 5 strands each and were supplied complete with anchor heads that accommodated angle compensation between 0° and 30°.

DSI fulfilled all technical requirements of the client and the subcontractor, and the anchors were supplied to the jobsite as planned, ensuring a smooth and punctual completion of construction work. DSI is proud to have co-operated with such a renowned company as AFA – AFAVIAS.


RAMEDM - Estradas da Madeira, S.A., Portugal

General Contractor

Joint Venture, consisting of Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção S.A. and Somague Engenharia S.A., both Portugal


AFA - AFAVIAS Engenharia e Construções, S.A., Portugal


NRV I Norvia - Consultores de Engenharia, S.A., Portugal

DSI Unit

DYWIDAG Sistemas Constructivos S.A., Portugal

DSC Scope

Production, supply, technical support

DYWIDAG Products

178 permanent DYWIDAG Strand Anchors with 5 strands and anchor heads for angle compensation between 0° and 30°

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